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DA 98-2004
October 2, 1998


As previously announced on September 24, 1998, the Commission's Bandwidth Task Force and Common Carrier Bureau will host three roundtables to discuss technical issues related to deployment of advanced services. These roundtables will permit representatives from different segments of the telecommunications industry to address the technical issues with respect to each of these topics.

The participants in the first two roundtable discussions and the topics to be discussed are outlined below:

Technical Issues Relating to the Provision of Advanced Services Over the Local Loop: Loop Qualification and Subloop Unbundling: Tuesday, October 6, 1998, 1:30-5:00pm

Neil Ransom, Alcatel; John Reister, Copper Mountain; Mark Schmidt, U S WEST; Jim Washington, ATT/Teleport; Charles Gowder, Valley Telephone Cooperative; Mike Viren, Second Century Communications; George Hawley, Diamond Lane Communications.

Part I
  (1) What constitutes a "conditioned loop" for purposes of advanced service offerings?
  (2) The impact of digital loop carrier technology on the provisioning of advanced services.
  (3) What methods of unbundling DLC-delivered loops ensure that all parties have access to the same loop capabilities?
  (4) What are the reliability and accountability concerns of subloop unbundling?

Part II
  (1) Information about loop conditions, length, quality, inventory, engineering, and assessment of a loop that companies need to offer equipment and advanced services.
  (2) Maintenance, repair and loop testing issues involving advanced services.
  (3) What other high speed local loop technologies are on the horizon?

Technical Issues Relating to the Use of Different Advanced Services Technologies: Spectrum Interference in the Copper Loop: Thursday, October 8, 1998, 2:00-5:00pm

Bill Euske, Northpoint; Eugene Edmon, SBC; Tom Starr, T1E1.4 Standards Committee; Kevin Sievert, MCI WorldCom; Wayne Gatchell, Nortel; Philip Kyees, Paradyne.

  (1) Given that different technologies will be sharing binder groups as advanced services are more widely deployed, are these different technologies a barrier to widespread deployment of competing services because of interference or other incompatibility?
  (2) Should we have national spectrum management standards, and if so, what should they be?
  (3) How do we grandfather existing technology that may not satisfy existing standards?
  (4) Should frequency unbundling be permitted?

Participants and topics for the third panel, Technical Issues Relating to the Collocation of Equipment used to Provide Advanced Services, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 1998, 2:00-5:00pm, will be announced in a subsequent Public Notice.

Location:Commission Meeting Room
Federal Communications Commission
1919 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20554

The roundtables also will be carried live on the Internet. Internet users may listen to the real- time audio feed of the roundtables by accessing the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page. Step-by-step instructions on how to listen to the audio broadcast, as well as information regarding the equipment and software needed, are available on the FCC Internet Audio Broadcast Home Page at www.fcc.gov/realaudio/. The Internet broadcast also will be available in the Commission's RealAudio archives on completion of the meeting, at the same Home Page.

The roundtables are open to the public, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. If time permits, audience members will be encouraged to ask questions of the roundtable participants.

For information on obtaining a videotape of the roundtables, please contact the Commission's Audio-Visual Office at (202) 418-0460. Audio and video tapes of the roundtables may also be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, by calling Infocus at (703) 834-0100 or by faxing Infocus at (703) 834-0111.

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For additional information contact: Elizabeth Nightingale or Jason Oxman at
(202) 418-1580, or enightin@fcc.gov and joxman@fcc.gov.